Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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When Boston took a 9-3 lead over the Royals in the fourth inning on Saturday evening at Fenway Park, a number of baseball writers began suggesting that the Red Sox looked like they were finally having fun — or something to that effect — in the wake of that recent nine-player blockbuster trade that jettisoned at least clubhouse cancer to the National League West.

But that narrative was torched rather quickly.

Kansas City rallied back for six runs in the seventh inning to tie the game 9-9, then broke through for the go-ahead tally in the 12th. The final score was 10-9. And the Red Sox are now 60-67 in 2012.

It’s going to be a long September off Yawkey Way. At least, that’s our narrative.

Your Saturday box scores:

Rockies 4, Cubs 3

Astros 1, Mets 3

Athletics 4, Rays 2

Twins 3, Rangers 9

Cardinals 2, Reds 8

Braves 7, Giants 3

Blue Jays 2, Orioles 8

Yankees 1, Indians 3

Angels 3, Tigers 5

Nationals 2, Phillies 4

Brewers 0, Pirates 4

Mariners 4, White Sox 5

Padres 9, Diamondbacks 3

Royals 10, Red Sox 9 (12 innings)

Marlins 2, Dodgers 8

 

Report: Bryan Shaw has two multiyear offers on the table

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Free agent reliever Bryan Shaw has received two multiyear offers, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The teams in question have not been revealed, but the demand for Shaw is expected to be high as he comes off of a career-best season.

The 30-year-old right-hander went 4-6 in 79 appearances for the Indians, drawing a 3.52 ERA, 2.6 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 in 76 2/3 innings. He ranked 12th among qualified relievers with 1.6 fWAR, his highest mark to date, and proved instrumental in helping the club reach their second consecutive division title in 2017.

The Mets are the last known team to show interest in Shaw, as the New York Post’s Mike Puma reported Wednesday. Nothing has been officially confirmed by the club yet, naturally, but they could still use a couple of arms to round out the bullpen behind Jerry Blevins, AJ Ramos and Jeurys Familia and it’s worth noting that the right-hander has already worked closely with Mets’ skipper and former Indians’ pitching coach Mickey Callaway. While Shaw’s proven consistency and durability should appeal to a wide variety of teams, he’s due for a big payday after making just $4.6 million in his last year with the Indians.